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it's stuck. >> stop here. that's good. let me get it. >> they did get it. they captured this funnel cloud. this tornado in iowa is part of a huge system. stay tuned, it's not over yet. that is the sound of a radiation alarm. the japanese journalist who ventured into the heart of the radiation zone in fukushima joins us for an exclusive. check this out. a plane crashes into a california warehouse. everyone survives. and -- >> is this a birthday or a roast? ♪ unbreak my heart
>> toni braxton's new reality show. she and her sister join me for a must-see interview. those stories and much, much more. we start with severe weather. >> tornado guys. large tornado. >> a tiny iowa town is the target for this monster tornado. a ferocious funnel caught on amateur video rips through mapleton last night. the quarter mile long twister rips through main street. some 100 homes, almost all the town's power. thankfully, no one was killed. in the town of 1200 in western iowa. this is what is left behind. take a look at the damage. so bad it's been declared a diz as aster area. today, shocked residents return to see what, if anything, is left there.
national guard is there. utilities could be out for at least, at least two weeks. i want to go to north carolina. hail as large as baseballs is what people saw outside of charlotte. hail so large it shattered car windows. the nasty storm swept through the carolina's causing damage. nine people were injured when they were hit by lightning at a dog show in western north carolina. all right, look at that. that's oklahoma today. the governor extended a state of emergency for seven counties to battle wildfires. a prolonged drought isn't helping at all as firefighters battle hot spots near the town of cleveland. more than 350 people were forced to flee the area. so far, no reports of injuries there. people in fargo, north dakota are breathing a sigh of
relief right now. that's because so far the dykes and sandbags are holding back the bloated red river. they have worked so far. the river crested at near 40 feet, just under the 40 foot levee. karen is in the weather center. my gosh, what else can we have? we are fire, flooding and hail. >> as if mother nature said i'm going throw everything your way. we had snowfall across the rockies. typically, that might make the news. we have violent weather to tell you about. i'll point this out across wisconsin. this is the bulls eye. we have i reporter images coming out of what happened last night in mapleton, iowa. take a look at what claret smith shot. this is out of the -- this is actually fargo flooding.
this is an "i-report" from ka a kayla. she was driving behind a vehicle and it was creating a wake. this is along interstate 29, north of fargo where they are still under flash flood warnings. then, we have grand rapids forks and they are expecting a crest as we go into wednesday. then, across texas, here is midland. this is extreme west texas where the humidity has been between 10% and 15%. the winds gusty across the region as well, gusting up to 60 miles an hour. we expect the winds to lighten up just a bit. it's still going to be dry and hot. maybe not as hot as it's been over the last several days. temperatures in the 80s. they have a number of firefighters across the region. thousands of acres have burned between texas, west texas, extending to the panhandle of texas and oklahoma. to point out, once again, this
area in wisconsin, this is the tornado watch. that means conditions are favorable. a warning means something has been spotted either by radar or storm spotters or meteorologists. we have an outbreak across west central portions of wisconsin. where you see the purple-shaded areas that is where the tornado warnings are indicated. just as we went on the air in eau claire, doppler radar shows tornadic activity. this is the line that's developing. temperatures here have been well into the 80s. so, a hot day where behind it, temperatures have been struggling to get into the 50 z. we'll start to see the winds on the increase behind the frontal system. that's also a point for the flood situation along the red river, which runs north from fargo to grand forks. they are looking at wind driven
rain and don, that looks to be a problem. they have people watching the dykes to make sure they hold. the wind could really make that a fragile situation for them. not necessarily the rain. >> this is going to make for a terrible commute tomorrow, which we will report about tomorrow. thank you. keeping an eye on the bad weather situation. now, we get you caught up on the other top stories of the day. tomorrow marks one month since the earthquake and tsunami triggered in japan. today, 2,000 protesters marched in tokyo calling for japan's nuclear power stations to be shut down. protesters say they are concerned about the long-term effects of radiation. former egyptian president mubarak speaks out about the situation from two months ago. mubarak denied he masked billions in wealth during three
decades in power. a public prosecutor wants to question him. in southern california, a small plane crashed into a storage facility near the airport. the four people on board got out moments before the plane burst into flames on top of the building. >> they jumped in my arms, i pulled them away from the wreck. not long after that, it exploded and caught fire. that was the end of the airplane. >> the plane's engine seemed to be sputtering and running rough before the crash. we have breaking news out of libya. we are told of a possible road map and maybe the president there, gadhafi, will accept it. frederick, what are you hearing? >> reporter: we just heard the south african president who met with gadhafi and five other
african leaders. he was saying gadhafi's delegation accepted the terms for the pre-conditions for a cease-fire laid out by the african union. he didn't go into details to what exactly the terms are. it's something the african union has spoken about in the past. we saga w gadhafi in his compou after he met the african leaders and greeted the crowd he normally has over there. he seemed defiant and in a good mood. afterwards, jacob zuma came out and said they were making progress. now, the african president who is are here will tomorrow go into benghazi and speak to the rebels. >> stand by, again. i want to tell the viewers what's going on. he's saying there may be progress in an attempt to resolve the libyan civil war.
south african's president said the government there accepted a peace plan proposed by the african union. you saw pictures there. they arrived in tripoli and met with moammar gadhafi. the delegation plans to meet with rebels in the capital of benghazi. frederick, again, these are the reports there. do we believe that this is going to happen tomorrow and give us a time line here. >> reporter: it certainly will be the case if the african president's are going to meet there and meet with the president of the rebels. how real the commitment is is something that is up in the air. we have seen this in the past from gadhafi. they have called cease-fires and talked about laying down their weapons and leaving civilian areas and around the town. then nato came out and said
that's not happening. they are still attacking civilians in those areas. in the past, the track record indicates you don't take that at face value. on the other hand, he has powerful african leaders here. gadhafi has been well with the african union. he's given a lot of money to them and is on friendsly terms with these people. it's very very much too early to know if it's the case. because of the track record, there's not much room for hope. >> so far no word from nato? >> reporter: absolutely not. as you know, at this point, there's a no-fly zone over libya. they did allow the african presidents to fly in. it appears there's a willingness on all parts to go into a
negotiation, to feel out whether or not all this could be real. to feel out weather or not it might be the right time to get talks going and to get the weapons to silence. it has been a very, very long time, as you said, this civil war has been going on in this country. it's taken a heavy toll on everybody in this country. maybe nato is willing to feel out whether or not the african leaders can try to start something at this point. >> that's the breaking news out of tripoli. gadhafi accepted a road map aimed and ending the conflict. if that is true, huge breaking news on cnn. also coming up, a close-up look at the radiation zone in japan and my interview with the daring journalist who drove into the
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now an up close look at the radiation zone around the fukushima nuclear plant in japan. japanese journalist traveled deep into the evacuation zone to see the damage for himself. what he saw was almost surreal. with radiation detectors on the dash, they enter the evacuation zone, just 30 kilometers. 18.5 miles from the radioactive plant. the radiation levels are detectable. 21 kilometers from the reactor. stray dogs roam freely. as they get closer, 20 kilometers, no traffic lights and only two other cars on the road. at 17 kilometers, the radiation
sets off the detectors. they see truck drivers in radiation-proof suits and gas masks. at 15 kilometers and heavier radiation, they have to find another route via gps. along the way, more farm animals and except for a few lone drivers, this town is abandoned. at 3 kilometers, they have to get out and walk. the damage is unimaginable. more walking, more abandoned dogs. somehow they find a way around the damage by car. finally, their mission to the fukushima daiichi power plant, mission terminated. i spoke exclusively with the journalist and began by asking him what made him do it. here is what he said. >> reporter: well, you know, no one had gone in there.
we hear a lot of strange rumors. as a journalist, i need to go in there and find out in person what is happening there. >> did you protect yourself at all with suits? you said you saw truck drivers in heavy suits and gas masks. they were among the few people on the road. >> caller: you know, i have been dealing with this issue for quite some time. i have some knowledge. the suit doesn't really protect you from the main component of the radiation at the plant. so, we didn't wear those, you know, like full-fledged suits. we did take precautions. we took iodine pills and our mouth was covered. stuff like that. basically, we went in. >> yeah. as you started to get closer and
closer to the plant, the radiation detector was beeping and the alarm was going off. what struck you most, on your journey as you ventured into the zone. >> caller: some of the things you saw on the video, those animals that are just wondering around freely. there's no policemen and no electricity. basically, it is a ghost town. at the same time, the geiger counter, the radioactivity meter is going off. you don't feel a thing. that's the most scary thing, you know. radioactive particles hitting your body but you don't smell anything or feel heat. you don't feel a thing. that's actually the most scary part of the whole trip. >> next here on cnn, we'll talk with a former republican congressman about the high stakes behind the government shutdown.
frankly, in the history of america in absolute terms, it's the biggest since world war ii. for that, we deserve medals. really toif the size of the problem, it's not even a rounding. in that case, we deserve to be tarred and feathered. >> some like it and some don't. some are glad the debate is over for now. washington lawmakers are
discussing the last-minute details. i discuss add deal with long-time d.c. insider who was in the mix in 1995 when the government did shut down. i asked bob walker who would have been blamed if no deal had been reached friday night. >> well, that's an open question but i think it would have been shared blame. look, some people were looking back at 1995 saying, well, the white house won that big time. there's no doubt they did. in 1995, republicans signaled. i was one of the people out there signaling it for weeks in advance. when we got to the question of the debt limit vote, we were prepared to shut down the government to get the administration, the clinton administration to move toward a balanced budget. the american people blamed us for the fact the government got shut down. in the end, the policy victory was we got the administration to agree to move toward a balanced
budget. you have to decide whether the political loss was worth the ultimate goal you achieved. in this particular case, republicans were sending a signal they didn't want to shut down the government. would they have gotten the blame? sure. i think the blame would have gone to virtually everybody in the room. >> we had one military mom on that was flabbergasted that her family's, her son's family would not be paid and suffer consequences because of a possible shutdown here. how much of a role did that play in these negotiations and knowing hey, we have to get something done and quickly. >> i think that did play a role. you are engaged in three combat situations with troops on the ground in harm's way, i think everybody felt you had to take steps to ensure they were paid and their families weren't disadvantaged in any way back
here in the states. >> were they using the military as negotiation tactics? i hate to say pawns, but as part of the negotiation in this process? >> i think that was in the back of their minds. i don't know what went on inside the room, whether or not that was a big part of the discussion. i think, clearly, everybody felt strongly that the military needed to be paid. it's the reason why when the republicans pass their latest stopgap bill, they included the full pay for the military going out into september 30th. >> as we watched all this play out in the sunday shows this morning, people were saying at least it's something. still, they have a long way to go and it starts over again next week. wednesday, can we see this kind of drama, again? >> it does start over. i think they have a firm deal, so what we are going to see is a handful of people on both sides who are going to be complaining about the deal wasn't good enough. but, i think that they know
where the votes are to pass the deal that will carry us forward to september 30th. what has happened here is there is a baseline for which now they can work on 2012. that gives it aprop r a -- 2012g to be momentus. then look at the mandatory spending. they are also big fights coming up. so, this is a start down a much longer road. >> great inside information. thank you bob walker. >> okay. nice to be with you. . if you live in texas and drive a fast car, there may be good news for you. i'll explain next. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously for twenty-four hours. she uses one exelon patch daily
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here are stories making news across the country. drivers in texas could be able to put the pedal to the medal. they have passed a bill to raise the speed limit to 85 miles an hour. if the state goes along, texas would have the highest speed limit in the country. in utah appraisers couldn't believe what they saw at a fund-raiser. a man brought something that he inherited. it turned out to be one of the world's oldest printed books. >> a gentleman walked in and
said i have an important old book. i'm rolling my eyes saying yeah, sure you do. he opens it up and it's a chronicle from 1494. >> can you imagine? the book was appraised at $100,000. the owner wants to sell it to a museum or library so the public can see it. now to san diego where a woman is taking on her homeowners association. they are mad at her because she hangs out and talks with her friends. here is the deal. 70-year-old marilyn weber's garage is a community center where neighbors stop and chat. the homeowners association slapped her with a $120 fine for using her garage as living space. after a year of controversy, the ban on burqa's becomes a reality in france. we'll tell you about the effort to stop the law against religious face coverings.
now, for a look at our top stories, the african leaders say moammar gadhafi has agreed to an agreement to end the civil war. details are not available. the leaders arrived in tripoli and they will meet in benghazi tomorrow. >> tornado guys. large tornado. >> a tiny iowa town becomes the target of a monster tornado. as we check the top stories, amateur video shows the
ferocious funnel as it rips through the town. it ripped out entire blocks of main street. it ripped out 100 homes and all the town's power. no one was killed. in oklahoma, the governor extended a state of emergency to battle vicious wildfires. a prolonged drought isn't helping any. firefighters on the ground and in the air battle hot spots from this grass fire near the town of cleveland. 350 people were forced to flee the area. so far, no reports of injuries. a frightening scene to show you when a small plane crashes into a storage facility. four people got out moments before it burst into flames. >> they jumped in my arms and i pulled them away from the wreck. not too long after that, the thing exploded and caught fire. that was the end of the
airplane. >> witnesses say the planes engine was sputtering and running rough before the crash. now to the big stories in the week ahead from the capitol to tinsel town starting at the white house. >> i'm ed henry at the white house where president obama will focus on putting the finishing touches on the budget deal. top aids say he's likely to talk about the rising cost of gasoline. they realize the price at the pump will become a bigger and bigger issue as we get closer and closer to the 2012 election. >> i'm brianna on capitol hill. they are expected to vote on the budget for 2011. then the senate should follow suit. as soon as one fight to reign in spending to end another begins. the house will begin debate on the budget for 2012. it includes a controversial plan
to overhaul medicare and medica medicaid. that vote is expected friday. friday is april 15th. the traditional deadline date for americans to pay taxes. tea party rallies and early voting states of new hampshire and south carolina. donald trump gets into the act. he says he might run for president. i'm a.j. hammer. tv land awards are given out tonight and feature amazing are you unions. we are expecting the latest in charlie sheen's new york city show. we'll have complete coverage. we are still tvs most provocative entertainment news show at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. a major controversy is about to play out in france. it's the first day of a new law
that bans burqas or face coverings that some muslim women wear. is religious freedom under attack or is it about women? what's going to happen tomorrow? >> they are peaceful protests that the french government allowed to take place that we can expect to see tomorrow. this brings up an important question. many women say this is an infringement upon their fundmental rights. the french lawmakers are saying this is secular law in france. they are enforcing that angle of it. if we go back to the numbers, the population stands at 65 million people in france. of that population, 5% to 10% is muslim. break it down to the number that wear the full-face veil, you are down to less than 2,000 people. >> the whole scheme thinks that's how many are affected.
>> right. >> what happens if women defy the law? >> we're going to wait to see. from the government, there's a fine of 150 euros, it could be $250. they can do acts of service to compensate that either in lieu of the fee or in conjunction with it. there's a fine that will be imposed. >> where do french citizens stand on the law? >> a poll said 82% of them agree with it and support it. 17%, you know, roughly 17% disagree. so, they support it. at the same time, it's a question of what are the rights of these women and is this going to isolate them more by having them not be able to participate as active citizens in the way and form they are accustomed to. >> do they believe, i don't know, that in some way this
subjects women or they think you can hide your face and commit robberies? are they uncomfortable with it? what's behind it? >> it's a security threat. if you can't see someone's face, that's the issue at hand. this is not an islamic religious thing. there's nothing saying they have to cover their faces. this is more of a social thing we see in yemen, saudi arabia and afghanistan. >> it's social. >> the covering of the face. >> i thought it was religious. >> the covering of the hair is, not the face. >> not the face. okay. thank you. we'll be watching that one. it's interesting. it could have ramifications around the world. we are concerned about security here in the united states. >> my interview with toni braxton, her reality show and topics including autism and bankruptcy. first, the economy is hurting in many parts of the country. in many areas, it is booming. one of these places, austin,
texas. here is tom forman. >> reporter: the south by southwest festival in austin is a hot bed not just for music, but innovation. twitter, four square and many other tech sensations made early big splashes here. so, during this year's festival, cnn.com invited innovators from around the country to pitch their ideas during a short ride in a pedicab. >> i'm maxz mullen. i work on bouncer. it's for e-mail addresses. you can shorten, share and protect your e-mail address. >> i'm with fly by miles. we decided to have realtime availability of frequent flyer mile seats. >> this is more than just
interesting. this town, and a growing number of others realized the low investment, high return possibilities of tech can be enormous draws for young talent. >> we have a strong creative sector here due to well educated young work force and a large component of artists, musicians people in the software business. >> those people, in turn, can fuel real estate markets, push tax revenues and build up more traditional industries all by starting with one idea at a time. tom forman, cnn.
♪ unbreak my heart ♪ say you'll love me again >> oh, that is the sultry toni braxton who hit it big with "unbreak my heart" in the 1990s. she's glamorous and gorgeous. now, she gets real with a reality tv show. she'll see her far from fantasy life in the new show, braxton family values. it debuts tuesday. she stars with her four younger
sisters all breaking into the music business. they talked with me about why they opened their lives to the viewers. take a listen. >> it talks about miens shl woes and health issues. know one knows it details behind it. i'm going to use this as a platform to discuss it all. you address how toni grabs the spotlight all the time. look. >> braxton. >> toni gets all the attention when i know it should be me. i mean some people might say i'm jealous, but i'm way too cute to be jealous. >> one of the guys in the studio said what? how do you work through all that attention that toni gets? is this just little sister jealousy here?
>> i'm not jealous. toni is my best friend and always been this superstar who is my older sister. this is what i'm used to. but i should be in the spotlight. >> toni, are you okay with that? >> you know, i like to call it eagerness. she's eager to have her say. we're all talented. i have had the success, but it doesn't mean i'm the most talented. she is talented, but her mouth is the problem. >> what do you mean by that? she got a big mouth? >> she's got a big mouth but she's the youngest and she's been a baby. she's comfortable saying whatever she wants to say. the rest of the world gets to see her so hopefully she can change a little bit. >> okay. >> just a little bit. >> i understand the show was your idea? >> it actually was.
i am a reality buff. i love all reality shows. the one thing missing from my point of view was a family show that was entertaining, funny and something you can get from it and apply to your regular life. knowing me and my sisters, i now that we could be the ones that can do it. >> toni, listen, anything you learned about your sisters that you didn't know before, good or bad? >> oh, gosh. can i say this on cnn? >> yes. >> trina is a freak. she's freaky. i didn't know that. i mean, some things came out. yeah. what did you say? >> she's definitely very liberal, i'll say that. >> very liberal. >> what y'all mean by that? >> she's freaky. >> you know, she says -- yeah, she's open to anything. >> every and anything with her spouse. she will do anything.
i call them sugar lips. you know him as don lemon. i'm toni braxton and you are watching weekend prime. >> security guards and everyone is calling me sugar lips now thanks to toni braxton. she canit's not all gliger and glamor on her new reality braxton family values. braxton and her sister tell me that the show reveals tough times like with money and raising a child with autism. >> it was very important to me to portray myself as something other than a singer. i'm a parent of an autistic son. he was about 2 years old when i found out. early diagnostic changed his life. he's in public school now, 8 years old. very lucky. he's in a special education program, but we're mainstreaming
him, which is important. the best advice i can give parents is no matter what, there is always hope. my son had no eye contact, wasn't social, wasn't speak being. they thought he was hearing impa impaired. look at us now. >> your viewers will see you live a pretty luxurious lifestyle. i'm sure people wonder how you can do that. you are going through brapt su for the second time. how are you able to live that lifestyle? >> what people don't understand is bankruptcy is security. i had to file bankruptcy to protect myself from the vendors from the vegas show i had to cancel. it's been challenging to have your life out there. but what's great about this platform is i can tell this story. now they know, wow, she got sick and that's why she is having
money problems. the vegas show was a business deal, but it's personal as well. >> this isn't like the last one when you sort of didn't know how to handle money. >> yes and no. it really wasn't like that the last time. last time it was a gag order so no one knows after 40 million records, my royalty statement was less than $2,000. that's the part i couldn't talk about, but now the gag party is over. in the reality show i discuss that. this big spending spree, no. i don't own a bmw, like they say. i have to laugh. >> was this when you were with la face records? >> yes. for example, tlc, we were both label mates and they were going through the same thing. after that situation, it was kind of like a gag order. it wasn't necessarily anyone's fault. the money was really just cut up four or five times by the time the artist gets it. if there's seven cents but you have to pay back $20 million out
of your seven sentds. there's really no way to make any money. >> toni and tamar braxton. a recent ruling in arizona is a serious reminder for your parents if your kids steal your car, you'll be stuck paying whatever damage they cause. we'll explain on the other side of the break what i'm talking about. remember you have a voice on this show. it's as easy as logging on. find me on twitter, at facebook, 4 square or cnn. hi, i'm toni braxton inviting you to follow me on twitter or check out my sugar hips himself, don lemon. ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back.
♪ that's how it is with alzheimer's disease. she needs help from me. and her medication. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously for twenty-four hours. she uses one exelon patch daily for the treatment of mild to moderate alzheimer's symptoms. [ female announcer ] it cannot change the course of the disease. hospitalization and rarely death have been reported in patients who wore more than one patch at a time. the most common side effects of exelon patch are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. the likelihood and severity of these side effects may increase as the dose increases. patients may experience loss of appetite or weight. patients who weigh less than 110 pounds may experience more side effects. people at risk for stomach ulcers who take certain other medicines should talk to their doctor because serious stomach problems such as bleeding may worsen. people with certain heart conditions may experience slow heart rate. [ woman ] whenever i needed her, she was there for me. now i'm here for her.
time now to talk some "issues" with none other than jane velez-mitchell. she hosts that show on hln. this week jane's been showing her outrage over the release of this utah man, loni johnson. our affiliate ktvx says he's escaping prosecution on child sex assault charges because of a legal technicality. can you believe it? >> it is sluabsolutely insane. it'sing in utah. he was convicted of raping a teenage girl, now accused of 21 sex-related crimes involving children is being let go because of a loophole. apparently he's incompetent to stand trial because of some
mystery cognitive disorder, nobody can tell us saktly what that is. by the same token, shrinks have decided he's not a danger to society so they can't keep him many a mental ward. so he is apparently free to go. people are up in arms over this, particularly the mother of one of the victims. listen to her. >> so we just wait for more victims and he uses the same loophole? is that what we're being told? how many victims do we need before we close this loophole? >> jane, you know, i was thinking the same thing the mom said there. because usually when someone has this sort of behavior, they'll say you usually can't fix that sort of behavior. >> absolutely. it's very hard to rehabilitate somebody who wants to have sex with children, and he is convicted of having sex with a 17-year-old girl. neverthele nevertheless, they've decided he's not a danger to society, even though he's facing a slew of sex-related counts involving children.
and apparently the problem is that a danger to society is defined as physically injuring someone. so apparently you can destroy a child's life emotionally but as long as you don't leave a bruise you're not a danger to society. that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. >> oh, boy. let's go on and talk about, when will people realize that it's just sports, it's just sports. this giants fan beaten at the dodgers season opener, this guy 41 years old, never had a fight in his life. now he is fighting for his life. >> this is absolutely obscene and this is a strapping guy so you can imagine what must have happened to him in the parking lot of dodgers stadium to leave this poor man in a coma. and what really upsets me is that apparently at least a hundred people watched this. it was in the parking lot of dodgers stadium after a game. and nobody came to his aid? and they don't even have a video of this attack, even though it happened in the parking lot?
this is really a breakdown. they are searching for these thugs who beat this father, this paramedic, this nice guy into a coma, all because he's a giants fan and he had the nerve to show up at donnedgers stadium? this is insanity to me, don. i can't believe we've let america's favorite pastime devolve into something that looks more like professional wrestling. >> you can tell he comes from a good family because his family is thanking everyone for the outpouring of support they've received nation wild for this obviously just brutal attack that didn't need to happen. let's talk now about parental responsibility here, jane. we hear so much about that. 17-year-old involved in an accident, a teenager, now the parents are going to have to pay for the injuries even though the 17-year-old was driving without their knowledge, driving the parents' car. >> yes. and this is really a wake-up call to parents everywhere. watch your kids. because ifey